The 50th New York Film Festival is bookmarked by two films in which disasters lead to personal awakenings. The opening movie on September 28 is Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI, a 3D adventure tale about an Indian boy’s antics with various wildlife after a shipwreck sets them adrift on the ocean. The closing night attraction is Robert Zemeckis’ FLIGHT, about a pilot, played by Denzel Washington, who saves a plane — if not necessarily his life — from crashing.
Feeling trapped in your job by this ersatz excuse of an economy we’ve been slumming with for half a decade? You’re not alone, but you’re also not as cornered as you think. If you have the drive and passion but just need a little inspiration, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get a job that suits you. Here are a few examples of people who made major changes midway into a career. Sometimes you just have to say screw it and pursue what makes you happy.